Manner and customs of Portugal

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Manner and customs of Portugal
March
Golf Championship
The Portuguese Open, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Estoril Open de
Portugal, is an annual tournament on men's golf's European Tour. It has been played since
1953, with a few skipped years, and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since
1973. Up. In 2010, the tournament moved to a June date. In 2010 the prize fund was
€1.0 million, which is one of the smaller purses on the European Tour.
April
Flower Festival
The Flower Festival, that takes place in spring when the flowers are at their best, has
been one of the major attractions for both tourists and locals for a long time. This
enchanting festival with a parade and floats through the streets of Funchal exhibits and
perfumes the air with a multiplicity of floral species of the island, spreading a fairy tale
ambiance all over the city centre. In every year’s edition each group presents their
costumes accompanied with dances to a newly conceived choreography.
May
Fatima
Fátima portuguese pronunciation: fatimɐis a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Centro
region. With a population of 11,538 inhabitants in 2011, the parish actually encompasses several villages and
localities of which Fátima, with a population of 7,756 residents, is the largest. Part of the urban agglomeration
of Leiria, it is 187 km (116 mi) south of Porto and 123 km (76 mi) north of Lisbon. It has been permanently
associated with the Marian apparitions that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917 and which were later recognized
by the Catholic Church.
May
Festa Do Espirito Santo
Holy Spirit Festival
The Feast of the Holy Spirit is a feature of the life of the Azores , helped develop a sense of community
characteristic of the culture of the islands . Migrants and their families in North Americaand Portugal , often
returning to the islands to celebrate.
The distribution of bread on the Feast of the Holy Spirit has its origin in the donation of food to the poor
by Queen Isabel. On the last day of the celebrations, the seventh Sunday after Easter, is a soup made ​of the
Holy Spirit, with meat and vegetables with bread which is distributed to all who do not belong to the empire
site.
The fulcrum of the ceremonies is a small chapel or empire, used for the distribution of the soup of the Holy
Spirit. That is where the crown and scepter board and are on display at the altar . The islanders gather to
the feast, accompanied by bands , dances and floral displays. In certain places we make an bullfight rope.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLvzxFmPxes
May
Festas Das Cruzes in Barcelos
The Feast of the Crosses in Barcelos dates back to the early sixteenth century, and is considered the first major
North pilgrimage. In the year 1504, under the reign of King Manuel I, on Friday, December 20th, around 9 am,
when the shoemaker João Pires returning from Mass at the Chapel of the Saviour, to pass the Fair field,
observed on earth, a cross of black color .
Legend has it that "The cross appeared in the form of a bruise that grew until it formed a perfect cross that
color was not only the surface but penetrate deep into the earth - as if that basement, always think. "This gave
birth to the devotion to the" Lord of the Cross. " First, a cruise in stone, then immediately a chapel, two
centuries later to be built a magnificent temple, which is now the epicenter of the Festival of the Crosses
emerged. Until the nineteenth century, the parties had essentially a religious nature in the twentieth century,
the religious essence were up by adding elements of profane features, clearly visible in the playful aspect:
carousels, amusement stalls, racing horses, circus shows, fire Fireworks, parades ethnographic, tournaments
and competitions, among many other events of nature People.
May
Santo Cristo dos Milagres
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The Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres , popularly referred to only as the Holy Christ or Holy Christ of
Miracles , is a piece of sacred art worshiped in the Convent of Our Lady of Hope in the city and county of
Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel , in Azores .
This is an image carved in wood in the form of temple / tabernacle , 1 unknown author, in Renaissance
style , representing the " Ecce Homo ", this is the episode of the martyrdom of Jesus Christ when it is
introduced to the crowd, on the porch of the Praetorium , just plague , knotted fists and naked torso, with
the crown of thorns and the purple robe covered shoulders. The event is narrated in Luke 23:1-25 , the
larger episode of Court of Pilate . The author represented, with great artistic sense, the contrast between
the inflicted to the body of Christ (matter) violence and serenity of the face, particularly the eyes (spirit).
The festivities in honor of the Holy Christ of Miracles take place in the days around the fifth Sunday after
Easter , the day on which it proceeds to the great procession , ending the Thursday of the Ascension .
Constitute the largest and oldest devotion that takes place in the country, and that is matched only with
the popular devotion expressed in the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Mother in Loulé , and, from the
twentieth century , the celebrations in honor of Our Lady of Fatima . The devotion attracts annually
thousands of Azorean and their descendants, of all the islands and abroad, since it is a choice for many
migrants to visit their homeland now.
June
Feira Nacional De Agricultura
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The National Exhibition Centre, Santarém, held 5-13 June to the 47th Edition of the National Agriculture
Fair | 57th Ribatejo Fair, becoming the European agricultural hub. The European Commissioner for
Agriculture and Rural Development and the Spanish Minister de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino
holds the presidency of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union are some of the
striking presence of this event that will also include visits of the President of Republic, the Prime Minister,
the Minister of Agriculture and Secretaries of State, among other personalities of the Portuguese political
life. Entertainment for All
The nights are once again filled with lots of entertainment. In addition to the unparalleled running of bulls
and torture table, the organizers also prepared a broad agenda of musical performances, including Mickael
(June 5), Tony Carreira (June 6), Daniela Mercury (June 9), Ana Moura (June 10), Buraka Som Sistema (June
11) and Xutos and Kicks (12 June). The stage will still be many other shows with Sevillanas, Bands and
Tunas.
June
Festa Da Coca
The Coco (or Cuco, Coca, Cuca, Cucuy) is a mythical ghost-monster, equivalent to the bogeyman, found in
many Hispanic and Lusophone countries. He can also be considered a Hispanic version of a bugbear, as it is
a commonly used figure of speech representing an irrational or exaggerated fear. The Coco is a male being
while Coca is the female version of the mythical monster, although it is not possible to distinguish one from
the other as both are the representation of the same being.
Legend
In Spain and Latin America, parents sometimes invoke the Coco as a way of discouraging their children from
misbehaving; they sing lullabies or tell rhymes warning their children that if they don't obey their parents, el
Coco will come and get them and then eat them.
It is not the way the Coco looks but what he does that scares most. It is a child eater and a kidnapper; it
may immediately devour the child, leaving no trace, or it may spirit the child away to a place of no return,
but it only does this to disobedient children. The coca is on the look out for child's misbehavior on the top
of the roof, the coco takes the shape of any dark shadow and stays watching. It represents the opposite of
the guardian angel and is frequently compared to the devil. Others see the Coco as a representation of the
deceased of the local community
June
Festas De São Gonçalo
The Feasts of Saint Mary is a popular tradition of the city Portuguese of Amarante . These festivals celebrate
the existence of the holy Gonçalo de Amarante .The event takes place always on the first week-end of June, so
it is also popularly known as Festival of June .
These are the most important to the city's historic center assists in gathering thousands of popular. There are
also fireworks, this occurs at midnight on the second day of the festival (Saturday).
Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z359Q8_uGL8
July
Festa Da Ria
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In the Ria Formosa are born and live thousands of species of marine life that make the culinary delights of
our table. Proof of this is the FEAST OF RIA FORMOSA, organized by VIVMAR with the direct collaboration
of CM Faro and precious help of other entities and Friends of VIVMAR.
This festival, WITH FREE ENTRY, will have its 20th edition of July 25 to 04 August 6, 2013 and since the 1st
that has not stopped growing, so that since 2003 has been held in the historic center of Faro (Cathedral
Square) due to the ever increasing number of visitors (some thousands daily), and since 2006 in Largo S.
Francisco.
The Feast of Ria Formosa lasts approximately 11 days, and besides the seafood coming from the Ria, also
features daily entertainment through various regional and national artists, that make every night a
reason to return the next night.
This festival can be enjoyed all kinds of seafood, including shrimp, king crab, conch, clams, cockles,
oysters, etc.., Besides other regional dishes based on seafood Ria Formosa, such as feijoada seafood ,
corn gruel with cockles, the seafood rice, rice razor, the feijoada horns, clams cataplanas, etc..
July
Festa Du Colete
The Red Waistcoat is the largest party Ribatejo ( Portugal ) and was in 1932, the year he also held for the first
time the popular marches of Lisbon, the great agrarian Jose Pereira Van-Zeler Straw joined various ingredients
such parties field as the man, the bull and the horse, promotes first party of the Red Waistcoat where today the
homanageia campino and raise funds for fire volunteers in Vila Franca de Xira.
The Red Waistcoat is celebrated on the first weekend of July and brings the town of Vila Franca de Xira , every
year, thousands of fans and tourists (domestic and foreign) or by the parties that there is the city, fandango ,
dances , concerts or running of bulls , are keen to participate to come your way in the biggest party Ribatejana.
July
Festa Dos Tabuleiros
The Feast of the trays is the most important celebration in the city of Tomar , Portugal . Also known
as the Feast of the Holy Spirit, will be held from 4 in four years, in June or July.
History
These festivities, which made the fame of Taking , go back to the parties of the emperor, introduced
by D. Dinis and Queen Santa Isabel, in the context of the cult of the Holy Spirit. They also have to do
with ancestral practices Delivery of the first fruits of the harvest goddess Ceres and celebration of
the fertility of the land. And there is even a newer component, also present in the Feasts of the
Azores, with its hint of Franciscan inspiration, celebration of brotherhood and equal sharing of the
fruits of the earth: the common Bodo and supper. According to some authors its origin lies in the
parties of the harvest goddess Ceres
August
Festivals of St. Walter
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The Festivals of St. Walter take place in Guimarães, the 12th-century capital of Portugal. The celebrations,
which date back to 1452, include magnificent processions, fireworks, animal fairs, and displays of food and
merchandise. Music, ranging from brass bands to modern jazz, can be heard all over the town.
St. Walter (or São Gualter), the town's patron, is represented by an image of a young Franciscan monk
who stands in the nave of Senhor dos Passos (Our Lord of the Way of the Cross), the blue-and-white-tiled
church that overlooks the town's public garden.
September
Romería
A Romería in Spanish or "Romaria" in Portuguese is a religious pilgrimage. The word
"Romería"/"Romaria" comes from "romero"/"romeiro", meaning those travelling towards Rome.
It is a Catholic celebration that consists of a trip or peregrination (in cars, floats, on horseback or
on foot) that ends at a sanctuary or hermitage. It is not necessarily always a trip, but in some
cases a celebration that lasts all day long.
November
National Horse Fair in Golegã
The National Horse Fair Golegã takes place annually in the village of the same name, in the heart of Portugal , right in
the Ribatejo , between the rivers Tagus and Almonda .
The Golegã Horse Fair which is also known as the National Horse Fair held every year in November, is a celebration of
the Lusitano breed. The fair is held at Golegã in the Ribatejo region of Portugal. Golegã is 133 km north east of Lisbon
on the west side of the river Tejo.
The roots of Golegã horse fair, originally called "Feira de São Martinho", go back to the early 18th century. It was started
to promote the trade of agricultural products from the area around Golegã. In addition, the Lusitano horse became
part of the fair owing to there being several well known Lusitano breeders in the Golegã area.
Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj_XRm_kDFM
Craft, Tourism, Agricultural, Commercial and
Industrial Fair of Lagoa
The Feira de Artesanato, Turismo, Agricultura, Comércio e Indústria de Lagoa (FATACIL), the Craft, Tourism,
Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Fair of Lagoa, occurs annually (since 1980) for 10 days in August in the Parque
de Feiras e Exposições (Fair and Exhibition Grounds) of Lagoa (Algarve).
The fair is attended each year by thousands of visitors from all parts of the country (the last few years the attendance
has been about 180,000), not only because of their interest in promoting traditional arts and crafts which are on the
edge of extinction, but also for the shows which occur daily.
Recently there have been about 800 exhibitors of various products including the arts and crafts of Portugal generally,
and of the Algarve in particular: articles made of everything from textiles to copper and forged iron, lacework ,artifacts
made of wood, pottery and ceramics, cork items, basket work, or the typical
Algarve puppets of Martim Longo and Querenca.
Christmas
Christmas, an official holiday in Portugal, is widely celebrated and is associated with family gathering.
People who have moved to the main cities, like Lisbon or Porto, or even those who have emigrated to
other countries, still travel to their home towns and villages to spend Christmas Eve with their
families. After the Missa do galo (Rooster's Mass) that celebrates the birth of Christ, families gather
around the Consoada, the late supper held on Christmas Eve. The traditional dish is bacalhau com
todos (dried codfish boiled with vegetables), although, in northern Portugal, the bacalhau is often
replaced by octopus. The Christmas dinner usually ends with fatias douradas (golden
slices), filhoses and sonhos(dreams), all deserts based on fried flour or fried bread. Another
traditional cake is the king cake served on Epiphany. Nowadays, Santa Claus or Pai Natal is most
popular among children but, nevertheless, in some regions, people still believe that is the Menino
Jesus (Baby Jesus) that brings presents to children.
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